Have you ever seen a weight loss meal plan that told you to eat Rice Krispies treats, a Snicker's bar, Twizzlers, potato chips + French onion dip, Ho Hos, Fritos, Cheetos, cheese popcorn, or ice cream?
Those are comfort foods and delicious foods...
But meal plans expect you to be perfect with food.
And eating processed foods is a no no.
MEAL PLANS DON'T WORK.
Not for weight loss that sticks...
Getting a set meal plan off the internet or from a book is the equivalent of a kid memorizing multiplication tables but never knowing WTF those numbers actually mean and why 3x3=9.
When you get a meal plan, you're set for 7 days or 10 days or 21 days or 30 days or whatever the F that meal plan tells you you need to be perfect with food and lose weight and whatever magical things it tells you.
But there are 365 days in a year.
And I plan on living for a several more trips around the sun. Do you?
So how the F are you supposed to eat on day 8 or day 11 or day 22 or day 31 or FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?
Did you learn skills to use for life?
When someone brings donuts to work and you want one?
When there is a candy bar in your desk and you want it?
When you've had a shitty day at work?
When you get home late for work and have nothing prepped for dinner?
Usually, when those things happen, we have something off plan, feel guilty, binge, and vow to start again Monday or the first of the month or... next year some time.
BLINDLY FOLLOWING A CLEAN EATING MEAL PLAN IS THE EQUIVALENT OF MEMORIZING MATH FACTS IN SCHOOL BUT NEVER BEING ABLE TO APPLY THE SKILLS BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T LEARN PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS. YOU ONLY LEARNED TO MEMORIZE AND DO WHAT SOMEONE ELSE TOLD YOU TO DO.
Pretend it's the day after your meal plan ends.
What do you do?
Do you continue on with the clean eating meal plan to a T because you're AFRAID OF FOOD and what will happen to your body if you do something else that's not on the meal plan?
I was so afraid of carbs for so long.
I was so afraid of eating at a restaurant for soooo long.
I was so afraid of going out with friends for so long.
Do you binge and go back to all your old habits and find yourself gaining the 10lbs you lost PLUS another 35lbs?
I see this ALL THE TIME.
I can't tell you how many people I've seen be PERFECT and lose weight in 4 weeks and then gain all of it back.
Someone else writing a meal plan for you WITHOUT including your favorite treats...
It doesn't work.
Lots of meal plans hide as "clean eating" or "lifestyle changes," but unless you plan on eating like that for the rest of your life, it's not a change. It's a diet.
In order to actually make a lifestyle change, you have to learn how to do this shit yourself and apply the skills for life and how to eat some delicious treats.
Creating habits with nutrient-dense food AND treats you can sustain for life > short-term perfection/diet mindset
Your life needs treats. It's ridiculous to pretend you can eat perfectly for the rest of your life.
But you need to learn how to have treats in addition to nutrient-dense foods WITHOUT going overboard.
When you LEARN SKILLS, PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS, you can do anything.
When you solely do rote memorization, you're limited in what you can sustain.
Remember, we're not talking for 4 weeks.
We're talking for life.
Can I tell you a secret? I eat pizza. I have chips. I eat candy. And all the weight I lost 3 years ago has never crept back.
And truth: I am not running or exercising for hours upon hours every day. The weight has never crept back because I learned skills on HOW to eat with treats in my life.
Skills > rote memorization
I hope this helps you. If you want more help, you can message me anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org.